Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Montana - Estados Unidos De Americana
Here is my .02, if your truck is an automatic, it has a TH350, and the TH350 is not known for being a heavy duty transmission, I have destroyed several of them with moderate towing. I would strongly recommend installing a transmission temperature gauge if you have an automatic, it will tell you the story of what is going on in your transmission as you are pulling, if you see the temp's spike you know to slow down.
If your truck has a 4 speed it is an SM-465 and it is good to go in that department.
Your truck is certainly capable of towing a smaller trailer like that, there is another factor you need to consider however which is the condition of your tires, you are running 33's and if your tires are getting older and you have a blowout, since they are tall mud tires, probably on 15" wheels, it can cause a violent action when the tire suddenly deflates, and if you are towing a trailer this can be bad news when it happens.
The other thing you need to consider is that your truck has a corporate 10 bolt rear axle, and well these weren't exactly known for being bomb proof, especially when attached to large mud tires, I have destroyed my fair share of them with 33" tires attached, if you snap an axle due to the semi floating design the tire and wheel will come right off the truck. If that happens and you are hooked to a trailer, bad things can result.
I am not saying that you can't tow a horse trailer with your truck, but I am saying I personally would not do it. Your truck may be capable of towing the trailer, but a half ton just really was not meant to do duty as a tow rig.
I am sure if you look around your area you can find a square body dually just like you have now, but it will be a much better setup for pulling. The first time you get in and move a trailer with it you will understand and you will be much more comfortable. I would get the truck first then upgrade to the goose neck, goose neck trailers are **** nice to tow with. Once you start you will see why so many of us use them.